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Re: GLIN==> Dry cargo discharges to the Great Lakes



Believe me, any hosing or sweeping of any deck particles ( small amounts of spilled during loading or unloading of the vessel) is noted in the vessels log as to the location, time, and amount of cargo ( in pounds as it is less than a ton) put over the deck into the water.  There is many forbiden areas and distances from shore or water intakes that these sweepings are allowed to be put in the water. These areas are also determined by the type of cargo that may or may not be be put in the lakes.  I lived all my life on the lakes  and make my livelyhood on these lake vessels.  I am very protective of the jewel of our earth. These laws must be strickly adhered to or I would be subject to fines and jail time not to mention losing my job by not following these cargo residue sweepings guidelines.  Our company bosses are very concerned that if we fail to follow these guidelines, it would be the end of my lively hoods and the bulk shipping industry!  So now we put tens of thousands of trucks on the roads to haul this non toxic materials. More fossil fuel consumes and exhaust in the air. Pick your poison.  
I have only touched the surface on this very subject. But this dialog is good.
Russ Brohl  
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 3:21 PM
Subject: RE: GLIN==> Dry cargo discharges to the Great Lakes

As the saying goes a little added to a little makes a lot. I've not spent any time with the report in many years but do recall that particle accumulation occurs to the point of noticeable depth changes in and around shipping lanes, detectable by sonar. 
 
Regards,
 
Mark Coscarelli
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-glin-announce@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-glin-announce@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of David Reid
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 2:47 PM
To: Steven Pollack
Cc: Alex J. Sagady & Associates; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net; glin-announce@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: GLIN==> Dry cargo discharges to the Great Lakes

For additional background see the following 1999 NOAA publication. . . .

NOAA Technical Memorandum ERL GLERL-114
"Proceedings of the Workshop The Environmental Implications of Cargo Sweeping in the Great Lakes"

which can be downloaded by pasting the following into your web browser:
ftp://ftp.glerl.noaa.gov/publications/tech_reports/glerl-114/tm-114.pdf

Dave Reid




Steven Pollack wrote:
Does this seem bad to anyone else?  Sweeping salt, cement, and iron ore into the lake?  I plan to comment on this.
 
Steven
 
"The historical practice of bulk dry cargo vessels on the Great
Lakes is to wash non-hazardous and non-toxic cargo residues (``dry
cargo residue'' or ``cargo sweepings'') overboard. These non-hazardous
non-toxic discharges eliminate unsafe conditions onboard the vessel,
without requiring alternatives that could involve time delays or added
cost. Current environmental statutes, if strictly enforced, would
prohibit these incidental discharges.
 
However, under an ``interim
enforcement policy'' (IEP) first adopted by the Coast Guard's Ninth
District in 1993, incidental discharges of dry cargo residue are
permitted in defined portions of the Great Lakes. Congress has
authorized continuation of the IEP until Septembe r 30, 2008, unless the
Coast Guard acts sooner to replace the IEP with new regulations.
Dry cargo residue on the Great Lakes generally includes, but is not
limited to, limestone and other clean stone, iron ore such as taconite,
coal and salt, and cement."

"Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com> wrote:
Coast Guard EIS on discharge of "dry cargo residue" from
freighters to the Great Lakes.....

[Federal Register: March 9, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 46)]
[Notices]
[Page 12209-12211]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr09mr06-89]

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard
[USCG-2004-19621]

Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes; Preparation of
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of intent; notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces its intent to prepare an
environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with the development
of proposed new regulations on the incidental discharge of dry cargo
residue in the Great Lakes. Publication of this notice begins a public
scoping process that will help determine the scope of issues to be
addressed in the EIS and identify the significant environmental issues
related to this EIS (40 CFR 1506.6). This notice also solicits public
participation in the scoping process, and announces the availability of
a study on current dry cargo residue discharge practices in the Great
Lakes.

DATES: Comments and related materi al must reach the Docket Management
Facility on or before July 31, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket
number USCG-2004-19621 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S.
Department of Transportation.

[[Page 12210]]

Address docket submissions for USCG-2004-19621 to: Docket
Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
The Docket Management Facility accepts hand-delivered submissions,
and makes docket contents available for public inspection and copying
at this address, in room PL-401, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Facility's telephone is
202-366-9329, its fax is 202-493-2251, and its Web site for electronic
submissions or for electronic access to docket contents is
http://dms.dot.gov
.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions regarding this
notice, contact LCDR Mary Sohlberg, U.S. Coast Guard, fax 202-267-4690
or e-mail msohlberg@comdt.uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or
submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-493-0402.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comments

We request public comments or other relevant information on
environmental issues related to all aspects of incidental dry cargo
residue discharges on the Great Lakes. You can submit comments to the
Docket Management Facility during the public comment period (see
DATES). We will consider all comments and material received during the
comment period.
Submissions should include:
? Docket number USCG-2004-19621.
? Your name and address.
? Your reasons for making each comment or for bringing
information to our attention.
Submit commen ts or material using only one of the following methods:
? Electronic submission to DMS, http://dms.dot.gov.
? Fax, mail, or hand delivery to the Docket Management
Facility (see ADDRESSES). Faxed or hand delivered submissions must be
unbound, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, and suitable for copying
and electronic scanning. If you mail your submission and want to know
when it reaches the Facility, include a stamped, self-addressed
postcard or envelope.
Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material,
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the DMS Web site
(http://dms.dot.gov), and will include any personal information
you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You
may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available on the DMS
Web site, or the Department of Transportation Privacy Act Statement
that a ppeared in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477).
You may view docket submissions at the Docket Management Facility
(see ADDRESSES), or electronically on the DMS Web site.

Background

The Coast Guard has previously published Federal Register documents
concerning regulation of incidental dry cargo residue on the Great
Lakes: 69 FR 1994 (January 13, 2004), 69 FR 57711 (September 27, 2004),
69 FR 77147 (December 27, 2004; corrected at 70 FR 1400, January 7, 2005).
The historical practice of bulk dry cargo vessels on the Great
Lakes is to wash non-hazardous and non-toxic cargo residues (``dry
cargo residue'' or ``cargo sweepings'') overboard. These non-hazardous
non-toxic discharges eliminate unsafe conditions onboard the vessel,
without requiring alternatives that could involve time delays or added
cost. Current environmental statutes, if strictly enforced, would
prohibit these incidental discharges. However, und er an ``interim
enforcement policy'' (IEP) first adopted by the Coast Guard's Ninth
District in 1993, incidental discharges of dry cargo residue are
permitted in defined portions of the Great Lakes. Congress has
authorized continuation of the IEP until September 30, 2008, unless the
Coast Guard acts sooner to replace the IEP with new regulations.
Dry cargo residue on the Great Lakes generally includes, but is not
limited to, limestone and other clean stone, iron ore such as taconite,
coal and salt, and cement. The IEP applies only to such cargo residues,
and does not alter the strict prohibition of any discharge of oily
waste, untreated sewage, plastics, dunnage, or other things commonly
understood to be ``garbage,'' from vessels on the Great Lakes. Nor does
the IEP permit the discharge of any substance known to be toxic or
hazardous, such as nickel, copper, zinc, or lead. The IEP permits
incidental dry cargo residue discharge s only in areas that are
relatively far from shore, and that meet depth restrictions and other
restrictions near special protection areas.
Our December 27, 2004 Federal Register document (69 FR 77147;
corrected at 70 FR 1400, January 7, 2005) announced that we would
conduct a study of current dry cargo residue discharge practices in the
Great Lakes, and requested information from the public that could help
us conduct that study. The study is now complete and is available for
public review either electronically or at the Docket Management
Facility (see ADDRESSES and Request for Comments).

Proposed Action and Alternatives

The proposed action is to adopt the IEP as the basis for permanent
regulations, adding new requirements for standardized record-keeping by
vessels that discharge dry cargo residue. The discharges that require
logging, the format for log entries, the retention time of the logs,
and the physical location of the log would be specified. The
alternatives to the proposed action include:
? Allowing the IEP to terminate on September 30, 2008, after
which the Coast Guard would enforce all laws applicable to the
discharge of dry cargo residues into the Great Lakes. For the purposes
of our environmental review this represents the ``no-action'' alternative;
? Adopting the IEP as the basis for permanent regulations,
without significant change;
? Adopting the IEP as the basis for permanent regulations,
possibly with significant changes (other than record-keeping) designed
to reduce the environmental impact. Possible changes would be specified
and could include adoption of best management practices, quantity limits,
cargo type limits, or additional restrictions on discharge locations;
? Developing a Coast Guard permit system for vessels
discharging incidental dry cargo residue; and
? Regulating shoreside facilities to control or eliminate < BR>dry cargo spillage during vessel loading or unloading.

Scoping Process

The scoping process (40 CFR 1501.7) is an early and open process
for determining the scope of issues to be addressed in an EIS and for
identifying the significant issues related to the proposed action. The
scoping process begins with publication of this notice and ends when
the Coast Guard has completed the following actions:
? Invites the participation of Federal, State, and local
agencies, any affected Indian tribe, the applicant, and other
interested persons;
? Determines the actions, alternatives, and impacts
described in 40 CFR 1508.25;
? Identifies and eliminates from detailed study those issues
that are not significant or that are previously documented and can be
incorporated by reference;
? Allocates responsibility for preparing EIS components;

[[Page 12211]]

? Indicates any related environmental assessments or
environment al impact statements that are not part of the EIS;
? Identifies other relevant environmental review and
consultation requirements;
? Indicates the relationship between timing of the
environmental review and other aspects of the application process; and
? At its discretion, exercises the options provided in 40
CFR 1501.7(b).
The Coast Guard will publish a Federal Register Notice to announce
a public meeting and will include the time, location, and venue for the
meeting as part of the scoping process under NEPA for this action. The
Coast Guard intends to announce these details after gauging the level
of public interest in response to the current notice. Once the scoping
process is complete, the Coast Guard will prepare a draft EIS, and we
will publish a Federal Register notice announcing its public
availability. If you wish to be mailed or e-mailed the public meeting
notice or the draft EIS notice of availability, please con tact the
person named in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. We will provide the
public with an opportunity to review and comment on the draft EIS.
After the Coast Guard considers those comments, we will prepare the
final EIS and similarly announce its availability and issue a Record of
Decision 30 days later.

Dated: March 6, 2006.
Howard L. Hime,
Acting Director of Standards, Assistant Commandant for Prevention.
[FR Doc. 06-2258 Filed 3-6-06; 4:25 pm]
BILLING CODE 4910-15-P

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